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Aramco to invest $7bn in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Saudi Arabia’s Aramco will invest $7 billion in a giant Malaysian oil refinery project, Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday, as he declared ties with the kingdom were…

Iraq forces reach key Mosul bridge

Next step to defeat the jihadists in their stronghold SOUTH OF MOSUL: Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in west Mosul reached the city’s southernmost bridge yesterday, a key…

Egyptian Christians fearing terror flee Sinai for 4th day

ISMAILIA: Egyptian Christians fearing attacks by Islamic State group militants fled the volatile northern part of the Sinai Peninsula for a fourth day yesterday, after a string of sectarian killings…

Iraq forces enter IS-held Mosul airport

MOSUL: Iraqi forces yesterday thrust into Mosul airport on the southern edge of the jihadist stronghold for the first time since the Islamic State group overran the region in 2014.…

Yemen rebel rocket kills policeman on Saudi border

RIYADH: Rocket fire by Yemeni rebels killed a policeman and wounded a civilian on the Saudi side of the border, the civil defense department said late on Wednesday. They were…

Inside Qatar’s ‘gas capital of the world’

One of the most significant industrial sites on the planet RAS LAFFAN: Perched on a northern tip of Qatar, about an hour’s drive from the gleaming capital Doha and at…

Bahrain police clash with protesters

DUBAI: Bahrain police clashed with demonstrators following the death of a young man who attempted to escape arrest, witnesses said yesterday, days after 20 people were detained across Shiite villages.…

New hope for Yazidi women raped, tortured by Islamic State fighters

DOHUK: It’s been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter…

CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after attack

US tries to stop arms, cash falling into militant hands BEIRUT: CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last…

Mideast helps double Kalashnikov’s sales

ABU DHABI: Russian weapons maker Kalashnikov Group’s sales doubled last year, helped by demand in the Middle East for its drones, missiles, rifles and military vehicles, making up for US…

Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for killing Palestinian

Decision to court-martial conscript divided Israelis TEL AVIV: A young Israeli soldier convicted of killing a Palestinian assailant lying wounded on the ground was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment yesterday,…

Islamic State tortures, rapes Sunni Arab women too: HRW

BAGHDAD: Fighters from the Islamic State group, whose abuses against Yazidi women have been well documented, are raping and torturing Sunni Arab women too, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.  The…

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